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Pretty good for a girl: gender, identity and computer games

Beavis, Catherine 2005, Pretty good for a girl: gender, identity and computer games, in Changing views: worlds in play. Selected papers of the 2005 Digital Games Research Association`s second international conference, DiGRA, Tampere, Finland, pp. 339-349.

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Title Pretty good for a girl: gender, identity and computer games
Author(s) Beavis, CatherineORCID iD for Beavis, Catherine orcid.org/0000-0002-8835-0309
Conference name Digital Games Research Conference
Conference location Vancouver, BC, Canada
Conference dates 16 - 20 June 2005
Title of proceedings Changing views: worlds in play. Selected papers of the 2005 Digital Games Research Association`s second international conference
Editor(s) de Castell, S.
Jenson, J.
Publication date 2005
Conference series Digital Games Research Conference
Start page 339
End page 349
Publisher DiGRA
Place of publication Tampere, Finland
Keyword(s) gender
learning
identity
curriculum
English
computer games
Summary Young people’s participation in online digital culture is one of the most efficient means by which they become proficient in the management of Information and Communications Technologies and the new literacies emerging there. This paper reports on a small project investigating the
gendered dimensions of teenagers’ engagement in and out of school with stand-alone and multiplayer computer games. The study explored the game playing practices of a group of students in an English curriculum unit and the social and game playing practices of a group of young women of South East Asian backgrounds in a LAN café who had formed their own Counterstrike clan. It found that expertise is not just a matter of specific skills, strategies and familiarity, but is more broadly located within the complex dynamics of in- and out-of-school discourses and contexts that need to be factored in to the construction of gender-equitable pedagogy and curriculum.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Authors & Digital Games Research Association DiGRA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005694

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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